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Posted: 29/08/2013

Everyman and Partners secure Lottery Funding for World War One Project

By: Press Office Tags: Education World War One Centenary Drama History Community

The Everyman Theatre and partners secure Heritage Lottery Fund grant to remember World War One in Gloucestershire.

The Everyman Theatre and partners, Gloucestershire Archives, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and The History Press, have been awarded a grant of £59,500 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), it was announced today, for an ambitious county-wide project to commemorate World War One (WWI) in the county. The partners will work with local communities, schools and local history societies, to explore the county’s rich and varied WWI heritage.

Activities include a countywide Community Research project, which will help local people to explore names on their nearest War Memorial and learn how the Great War affected their own families, towns and villages. People can volunteer as part of the project and gain new skills, and there will be new educational resources, a wide range of events and activities in communities across the county and a Local History Day, which will share WWI research and deliver living history activities for the public. The Community Research Project is being led by a newly appointed part-time Project Officer, funded by HLF, with the support of Gloucestershire Archives and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

The Everyman Theatre will use the extensive community research and partners’ WWI collections, as inspiration for new creative work themed on the Great War. Four different artists will engage with primary schools, to produce work inspired from WWI stories and material. There will also be a big community play in August 2014, a community touring performance and a creative project with students from the National Star College in Ullenwood, Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum will host an exhibition exploring the WWI conflict and they will also develop new WWI resources for schools and community groups. Finally, there will be a dedicated online History Pin Channel, where individuals and communities can ‘pin’ and share their own WWI research. A community legacy publication, which features the project’s findings, will be edited and produced by The History Press.

Dame Janet Trotter, HM Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, is a strong supporter of the project and said, “I am delighted this project has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. I know from attending the project meetings that this is an innovative project which will engage people across the generations in commemoration of the 1914-1918 War.”

Commenting on the grant award, Nerys Watts (HLF’s Head of South West) said “As we approach this important Centenary, people of all ages throughout the United Kingdom will be reflecting on the events of the First World War, the experiences of men and women here and overseas, and how the war shaped the last 100 years. We are very pleased to be able to support the Everyman Theatre with their project, which will help people of all ages to understand the impact of the war on the people of Gloucestershire.”

The project has also received funding from The Summerfield Trust and BPE Solicitors LLP.

Notes to editors

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

The project has also received funding from The Summerfield Trust and BPE Solicitors LLP.

About the five partners

  • The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham is Gloucestershire’s main professional theatre and the lead partner for this project. The Everyman’s Creative Director, Paul Milton, is managing the WWI project. www.everymantheatre.org.uk
  • Gloucestershire Archives is run by Gloucestershire County Council. The Archives are based in Gloucester and are the repository for records from Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives
  • Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum is soon to reopen after a major refurbishment. The Art Gallery has designated collections of national significance. www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk
  • The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is based in Gloucester Docks. The Museum holds the collections of the Gloucestershire Regiment and their antecedents the 28th and 61st Regiments of Foot and the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. www.glosters.org.uk
  • The History Press is the UK’s largest specialist history book publishers based in Stroud. www.thehistorypress.co.uk

About the other main funders

The Summerfield Trust is a Gloucestershire Trust, which funds community, education, arts and heritage projects. The Summerfield Charitable Trust was established by Ronald Summerfield, a Cheltenham antique dealer, shortly before his death in 1989. www.summerfield.org.uk

BPE Solicitors is a commercial law firm, offering a full range of services including Corporate, Commercial Property, Science and Technology, Employment, Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Construction and Engineering, Lender and Debt Recovery Services, Family, Private Client and Residential Property.

For more information and to request interviews and review tickets, call Francesca Goddard or Jackie McKenzie on 01242 236700 or email francesca.goddard@everymantheatre.org.uk or jackie.mckeznie@everymantheatre.org.uk

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